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Hunts Custom Caerulex and Blank Bats B1 - purchase review
« on: August 03, 2017, 10:05:24 PM »

My first two custom purchases and this is a review of the purchase.  The bats have been knocked in but haven't seen match conditions yet.

Background:
About 3 weeks ago, I had to get a new bat.  The reasons had been building (but after reading this forum, I know several of you need no reason to buy a new bat and I can totally see why):
1. My match bats were too heavy - a Dukes weighing 2-11.8 and a GM Aura 606 weighing 2-11.3 - both pick up their weight.  The Aura was my first bat after taking up cricket again after 20 years.  The Dukes was an impulse purchase for half price on clearance at the end of last season (what was I thinking).  The Aura is a better bat than the Dukes which turned out to be a total dud.  The center of the Dukes pings (a pull and a cover drive are the only evidence) but low down, it vibrates and generally makes a sick thud when ball hits bat.  So I switched back to my Aura.  Last season was my first full season and I'd scored 2 half centuries with the Aura and a 45* and 37 this season.

2. My eye sight (and concentration and skills) aren't the best, so I pick balls mostly off the pitch rather than from the hand.  A heavy bat makes it that much more difficult, so I wanted a lighter bat with a lighter pickup.

3. My Aura has developed a cracked toe which I noticed 3 weeks ago.

That's all the excuse I needed to get a new bat.

After doing a lot of research which consisted of reading this forum and watching youtube bat reviews, I had my heart set on a Blank Bat.  My specs were as follows:
- Weight: Between 2 lb 8oz to 2lb 9oz all in without anti-scuff sheet (i.e. with grip, toe guard)
- Full profile, convex profile
- Mid-middle, mid-sweet spot
- Best performance cleft - best pinging cleft even if it's a lower grade but all else equal, I will take the highest grade willow.

I spoke with Tai of Blank Bats who advised me that the B1 profile suited my needs though the lightest he had was 2.10lb in the players grade.  He informed me that he had one ready to ship the next day on payment.

Unbeknownst to me, my other half, who had overheard my conversation with Tai, obtained these specs from my phone and placed an order with Hunts County for a custom bat and let me know later that day.  I then called Hunts had a lovely chat with Tony about the finer details of the bat.  Tony said he will let me know if he made a bat that met my specifications, so I left him to it.  I was surprised to be informed the next day that the bat was ready. 

Both bats arrived within a day of each other. and 4 days after I had made up my mind to get a new bat  I must commend both Blank Bats and Hunts County for their service.  Both bats were absolute stunners (in my view at least) and though there were minor issues, I decided to keep both of them.  They've been knocked in and I'm looking forward to using the Hunts this weekend.  Both bats ping much better compared to my Aura but the Hunts is more ready as it is a Grade 1 and also has a slightly bigger profile and longer sweet spot.  The Blank Bat needs more time to get to the level of the Hunts.

Blank Bats - B1 profile
Damage: 235.00 including shipping
Weight: 2lb 10.1oz
Decent edges and spine - I didn't measure but looks like a 35mm edge and approx 60mm spine
Picks up lighter
Oval handles
Players Grade (Grade 2)
6 grains - evenly spaced
Minor issue: blemishes near the splice on the back of the bat.  They are actual small pin holes, I can get the tip of my nails into them.  Nevertheless, Tai informed me that this shouldn't matter one iota and given the sterling reputation of Blank Bats customer service (and my own earlier dealings with Tai), I took him at this word.

Hunts County - Caerulex
Damage: 224.00 including shipping
Weight: 2lb 10.7oz
Decent edges and spine - I didn't measure but looks like a 35mm edge and approx 62mm spine
Slightly heavier than I wanted but picks up lighter.  If the bat was 1oz lighter, I would've happily kept it.  So do I return a stunner for 1 oz - 28 gm?  That's right, sounded awful silly to me, so I kept it.
Round handle on top and oval at the bottom
Super Selected Grade - (Grade 1) - Hunts top grade
10 grains - mostly spaced
Minor issue: the duck bill isn't exactly symmetrical, one side has a smidgeon more wood taken out than the other.  Its hard to tell from the photos though but I suppose a bit of assymetry is to be expected in handmade bats.
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Blank Bats B1 and Custom Hunts Caerulex - Bat Pics
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2017, 10:17:10 PM »

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Re: Hunts Custom Caerulex and Blank Bats B1 - purchase review
« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2017, 01:53:12 AM »

These are beautiful bats! Nice finds!
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Re: Hunts Custom Caerulex and Blank Bats B1 - purchase review
« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2017, 02:13:04 AM »

Very nice looking sticks.. I never used a Hunts bat but BB bats always have superb performance.
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Re: Hunts Custom Caerulex and Blank Bats B1 - purchase review
« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2017, 03:09:36 AM »

Very nice... the county is perfect shape...
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Re: Hunts Custom Caerulex and Blank Bats B1 - purchase review
« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2017, 03:23:22 AM »

I think a HC might be my next bat!
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Re: Hunts Custom Caerulex and Blank Bats B1 - purchase review
« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2017, 02:39:12 PM »

Love that Caerulex. Been on my list for a while.
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Re: Hunts Custom Caerulex and Blank Bats B1 - purchase review
« Reply #7 on: August 04, 2017, 02:52:32 PM »

Been looking at a BB for a while now, mainly for a second or net bat.
How do they generally play and are they worth the cash?
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Re: Hunts Custom Caerulex and Blank Bats B1 - purchase review
« Reply #8 on: August 04, 2017, 03:18:45 PM »

Been looking at a BB for a while now, mainly for a second or net bat.
How do they generally play and are they worth the cash?

You won't go wrong mate. It's always subjective but I think BB are probably the best value bats around. Performance is top notch and the shapes are great.

Hunts County are superb too and charge a realistic price for their bats.
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Re: Hunts Custom Caerulex and Blank Bats B1 - purchase review
« Reply #9 on: August 04, 2017, 10:48:54 PM »

I should clarify that I specified the bat weights without the scuff sheet fitted, so the weights were well within rounding errors of the specified weights.  Also, the Hunts County bat comes pre-prepared and Tony told me that professionals he supplies take his bats straight to the nets.  Meanwhile, the Blank Bats need to be knocked in from scratch.  Therefore, I think the initial gap in performance so far but I expect the Blank Bats to catch up.

These are beautiful bats! Nice finds!
Thank you sir.

Very nice looking sticks.. I never used a Hunts bat but BB bats always have superb performance.
You should give Hunts a try, very underrated and good value for money.  I certainly hope my BB lives up to everyone else's experience.  Nothing wrong in having 2 gun bats.

Very nice... the county is perfect shape...
I suppose I was being nit picky....I won't care about any assymetries the moment I send one rocketing to the fence.

I think a HC might be my next bat!
Good choice, you should give them a call.

Love that Caerulex. Been on my list for a while.
What are you waiting for.... :D

Been looking at a BB for a while now, mainly for a second or net bat.
How do they generally play and are they worth the cash?
I cannot say from my experience but reading a lot of others' views on BB, most BBs are match bats.  A BB for a net bat seems a waste...

You won't go wrong mate. It's always subjective but I think BB are probably the best value bats around. Performance is top notch and the shapes are great.

Hunts County are superb too and charge a realistic price for their bats.

Agreed, for a similar grade and performance (and customer service), Hunts and BB seem to be up there in terms of value for money.
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Re: Hunts Custom Caerulex and Blank Bats B1 - purchase review
« Reply #10 on: August 05, 2017, 03:30:51 PM »

^ How much was the Hunts?
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